Scripture: verse 12
Yet the people do not turn to the one striking them,
they don’t seek Adonai–Tzva’ot [Lord of Hosts].
Observation: So Israel is being Israel (idolatrous, prideful, etc) and God has been doing some smiting to bring them back into line (by way of the Assyrians, this time) and He is hoping that they will turn to Him. They don’t.
Which isn’t very surprising, from a human point of view. Humans don’t like discipline. We try to avoid it.
But God doesn’t want us to be thinking like humans. He wants us to turn the other cheek, to bless our enemies, to lend without demanding a return (Matthew 5:39, Romans 12:14, Luke 6:34). We are to be different, because He is different.
And we know that, when bad things happen, it isn’t blind chance or implacable persecution. We know that God controls it, because God controls everything. We know that He will work it to our good (Romans 8:28). We know that what we see is not all that is.
It’s easy to forget that God is there. It’s easy to assume that He can’t be bothered to help your little problems. But that isn’t the truth.
The truth is that He sees us fall. The truth is that He keeps our tears. The truth is He loves us.
Application: Don’t be afraid to turn to God.
Prayer: Father, please help me when I forget to come to you. Thank you for knowing me and loving me. Thank you for rescuing me when I need it. Amen.